Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs

3.1 Investment in entrepreneurship

  • Provision of start-up capital, guarantees, loans and mezzanine and seed capital through financial instruments and support for the development of business plans.

3.2 Investment in the commercial exploitation of new ideas and research results

  • Creation of more knowledge-intensive businesses through interventions tailored to the needs of SMEs at their various stages of development and along the innovation value chain.

3.3 Business advisory services

  • Business start-up, business transfer, access to new markets, business strategy and monitoring, technology transfer and foresight as well as user-oriented and design-driven innovation, 
  • Raising innovation management capacity and encouraging the development and use of such services through innovation voucher programmes

3.4 Support the development of web-tools

  • Targeted information and facilitate regulatory procedures for SMEs, particularly in the area of public procurement, employment law, social security, taxation and standardisation.

3.5 Developing new business models for SMEs, in particular for internationalisation

3.6 The development of SMEs in emerging areas linked to European and regional challenges

  • Creative and cultural industries, new forms of tourism
  • Innovative services reflecting new societal demands or products and services (ageing population, care and health, eco-innovations, the low carbon economy and resource efficiency).
  • Coordination with public procurement to speed up the market take-up of innovative solutions to address the challenges

3.7. Restructuring of farms facing major structural problems

  • Through on farm investments to improve the performance of an agricultural holding or to support farm viability, economic sustainability, 
  • Investments related to the processing, marketing and development of agricultural products or investments in infrastructure for the development and adaptation of agriculture

3.8. Generational renewal in the agricultural sector, especially through business start-up aid for young farmers

3.9. Integration of primary producers into the food chain

  • Support for quality schemes, promotion in local markets, horizontal and vertical cooperation, new marketing and networking opportunities, the development of short supply chains and the setting up of producer groups

3.10. Farm risk management

  • Tools to assist farmers with the effective management of increasing economic and environmental risks, including animal and plant diseases, and support for investments in preventive and restoration actions.